A Sacrament is an efficacious sign of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is given to us. Full and active participation in the sacramental life of the Church requires a period of preparation of both mind and heart to be receptive to the grace of new life in Christ.
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BAPTISM: If you wish your child to be baptised, please contact the Parish Priest to arrange a baptism date and attend a course beforehand. Forms are available in the lobby and in the FORMS section beneath ‘Sacramental Preparation‘ on the left of this web page. Forthcoming course dates will be advertised in the newsletter beforehand.
At the current time, Baptisms will be deferred until such time that the public health advice is that congregations can gather safely.
FIRST COMMUNION & RECONCILIATION 2020:
It has been decided to postpone the St Vincent’s Communion/Reconciliation programme and that the classes on 17 and 24 March and the Reconciliation service on 28 March will not take place. In the light of developing advice from the Government and the Diocese of Westminster concerning the spread of the Covid-19 virus, various precautions are being introduced for parish activities and it has been decided it is in the best interests of all those involved – children, parents and catechists – to pause the programme at this point.
Further discussions will take place about how and when the programme can be re-started and consideration will be given as to whether learning material can be made available by email/online in the interim. We will be in touch about this in due course. Whilst it is very regrettable that this delay has proved necessary, we hope you will understand the decision in the current exceptional circumstances.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales advise that the celebration of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion will be postponed until a time that allows for families and friends to gather safely within our church.
St Vincent’s catechist team
CONFIRMATION 2020: Classes will continue online as arranged with the catechists and Confirmation candidates.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales advise that the celebration of Confirmation should be deferred until such time that the public health advice is that congregations can resume public worship.
THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA): This is a process whereby those who are interested can find out what the Catholic Church teaches with a view to becoming a Catholic. If you know of anyone who would like to come to the introductory sessions, please encourage them to call Joan on 079 80125685.
MARRIAGE: Please contact the Parish Priest for an appointment. Marriages require a 6 months notice period. Enquiries can be made through the Parish office.
At present, if possible, the celebration of the sacrament of Matrimony should be deferred until such time that people can gather in numbers safely. However, if this is not possible and only in the most pressing of circumstances, then those present for the marriage should be restricted to the celebrant, bride and groom and immediate family, and if necessary, the legal Registrar.